Can Do Not Call Lists Prevent Collection Calls?
Almost everyone has heard of the Do Not Call List, with over 200 million numbers registered as of 2010. The Do Not Call Registry, as it is formally called, is managed by the Federal Trade Commission to protect the privacy of consumers. Anyone can list a landline or cell phone number to avoid receiving unwanted calls. It only takes about one business day for the number of choice to appear on the list. However, there are certain restrictions the list places, allowing certain types of calls to be placed regardless. It is important to know exactly what kinds of calls are forbidden and what calls are admissible by this list.
FORBIDDEN CALLS: TELEMARKETING
In 2002, the National Do Not Call Registry was in the works as families all across the U.S. were growing tired of having their dinner interrupted by annoying sales calls. While the telemarketing industry put up a big fight, the Do Not Call Registry went into effect regardless to protect consumers like Diana Mey, a customer of Sears, the company whose affiliate was behind the harassment that cemented the need for the list.
In 1998 Ms. Mey, a stay at home mother of three began to receive intrusive calls from a company trying to sell vinyl siding. She continuously asked the company to stop, even writing letters and recording their calls as proof that they kept calling. She was ignored and eventually filed a small claims suit, to which the company responded by continuing to place calls to her home and counter-suing her for $10,000. Her legal battle is what sparked the enforcement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or the “TCPA.”
Today, TCPA attorneys throughout the country fight on the behalf of consumers who are bullied by mega corporations that refuse to abide by the law. The National Do Not Call Registry can protect landlines and cell phones from receiving unwanted sales calls. If you are receiving sales calls or scam calls despite your number being put on this list, Miami TCPA attorneys like Jibrael S. Hindi and his team can defend your privacy rights. You could receive $500 to $1500 per unsolicited call or text.
CALLS ALLOWED BY THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
While it sounds great to avoid unwanted calls, the Do Not Call list does permit some calls that you may not want to receive. Political calls, charitable calls, calls for telephone surveys, calls that relay information, and debt collection calls are permitted. If your intention is to avoid debt collection harassment, the National Do Not Call Registry won’t protect you. To put an end to the harassment, Jibrael and his team of consumer law attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can fight for you and win you a just reward. You do not pay a dime until Jibrael wins for you. Call (844) JIBRAEL or contact us online for a free legal consultation today!